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5-Minute Quests

1. Which film did Walt Disney release on this date in 1940? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which show opened on Broadway on this date in 1997? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. What is Whoopi Goldberg's real name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1892 work by Robert Louis Stevenson (according to Authors' Calendar):

1. What was the name of the 1956 case in which the Supreme Court ruled segregated busing laws to be unconstitutional? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the History Channel, Robert Louis Stevenson was expected to follow the family trade, which was what? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to NASA, when was the Mariner 9 spacecraft launched? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film (according to
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, what is the current name of Tagaste, the town in which St. Augustine was born?

2. According to the University of Michigan, for what work is James Clerk Maxwell most famous?

3. According to FindLaw, at what law school did Louis Brandeis earn the highest grades in the school's history?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1975 work by George V. Higgins (according to Authors Calendar)?

St. Augustine
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Catholic Saint

James Clerk Maxwell
Born on This Date 1831

[University of Michigan]

Electromagnetic Radiation

Robert Louis Stevenson
Born on This Date 1850

[Brandeis University]

Young-adult Author

Louis Brandeis
Born on This Date 1856


U.S. Supreme Court

Whoopi Goldberg
Born on This Date 1949

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We left Massac at about 5 this evening and proceeded 3 miles down the river and camped on the south-east shore. It rained very hard tonight and I got sick with something. The fever went down by morning.
Indiana Kentucky Weather Health The Ohio River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Some intervales of fair weather last night, rain continue this morning.

I walked up the Brook & assended the first Spur of the mountain with much fatigue, the distance about 3 miles, through an intolerable thickets of Small pine, a groth much resembling arrow wood on the Stem of which there is thorns; this groth about 12 or 15 feet high inter lockd into each other and Scattered over the high fern & fallen timber, added to this the hills were So Steep that I was compelled to draw my Self up by the assistance of those bushes—

The Timber on those hills are of the pine Species large and tall maney of them more than 200 feet high & from 8 to 10 feet through at the Stump those hills & as far back as I could See, I Saw Some Elk Sign, on the Spur of the mountain tho' not fresh. I killed a Salmon trout on my return. The Hail which fell 2 nights past is yet to be Seen on the mountains;

I Saw in my ramble to day a red berry resembling Solomons Seal berry which the nativs call Sol-me and use it to eate. my principal object in assending this mountain was to view the countrey below, the rain continuing and weather proved So Cloudy that I could not See any distance on my return

we dispatched 3 men Colter, Willard and Shannon in the Indian canoe to get around the point if possible and examine the river, and the Bay below for a god harber for our Canoes to lie in Safty &c. The tide at every floot tide Came with great swells brakeing against the rocks & Drift trees with great fury The rain Continue all day. nothing to eate but pounded fish which we Keep as a reserve and use in Situations of this kind.

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1903 In Oregon, the Grants Pass City Council Votes Not to Accept a $10,000 Gift from Andrew Carnegie for Construction of a New Library Andrew Carnegie Grants Pass, Oregon Libraries Philanthropy
1907 Paul Cornu Is First Person to Achieve Free Flight in a Helicopter While Carrying a Passenger French Explorers and Aviators Aviation History Historic Firsts Centennial of Flight
1909 Ballinger-Pinchot Scandal Erupts When Colliers Magazine Exposes Shady Dealings in Alaskan Coal Lands Alaska U.S. Government Journalism History Channel
1913 The Bark A. J. Fuller, Loaded with Alaska Canned Salmon, Is Rammed by a Steamer at Seattle and Sinks Alaska Seattle, Washington Naval History Salmon Alaska Historical Society
1922 William R. Day Retires as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ohio Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
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1927 The Holland Tunnel Opens between New York City & New Jersey New York City New Jersey Automobiles New York Times
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1946 The First Man-Induced Snow Storm Is Seeded over Mount Greylock in Massachusetts Massachusetts Snow Historic Firsts Mount Greylock Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
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1956 Browder v. Gayle, Supreme Court Declares Bus Segregation Laws Unconstitutional 1955-56 Montgomery, AL Busing Segregation U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Civil Rights 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution African-American History Stanford University Court TV
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1970 East Pakistan Is Devastated By Cyclone That Kills 500,000 Pakistan Hurricanes and Cyclones Death History Channel
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1972 Michigan Governor William Milliken Purchases the State's First Lottery Ticket Michigan Government Economics Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1977 Li'l Abner Appears in Newspapers for the Last Time Cartoons & Comics Journalism New York Times
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1979 Robert Jarvik Is Granted a U.S. Patent for an Artificial Heart Michigan Scientists & Mathematicians The Heart Medical Research Patents & Trademarks History of Technology USPTO
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1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Is Dedicated in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vietnam War History Channel
1984 NASA Launches NATO 3-D for the NATO Satellite Communications System Space Exploration NATO NASA
1985 Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz Erupts - Mudslide Kills 23,000 Colombia Volcanoes Death BBC
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2001 Wilton Gregory Is Elected First African-American President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Wilton Gregory Catholicism African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts United State Conference of Catholic Bishops